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2018-2019 Graduate Studies Bulletin 
    
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EADM 262A - Engaging External Environments: Social, Political, Economic, and Legal Contexts of Schools


Semester Hours: 4
Once a Year
Schooling in the United States is heavily influenced by the social, political and legal contexts in which it takes place and occurs amidst a fragmented, multi-layered governance system. As a result, schooling is contextually specific, necessarily political, and increasingly a matter of legal concern. Often understood as forces to which leaders must react, external environments should rather be considered bounds within which proactive school and district leadership for learning can take place. In this course, students will develop an understanding of  the dynamics of family and community, professional organizations, and the larger policy environment and consider how to work effectively in these important external environments to build relationships, garner resources and adopt an effective advocacy stance to support student learning. Through readings, case studies, discussions, and small group activities, students will explore, among other topics, families and communities as stakeholders, the governance of schools, equity in education as distributive justice, and transformational ways that school leaders can engage their external  environments. Performance is assessed through the quality and degree of mastery demonstrated in the undertaking of these activities.

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